The Hereafter

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In a mother’s womb, were two babies, engaged in conversation.

The one asked the other: “Do you believe in life after delivery?”

The other replied: “Of course! There has to be something after delivery. It may be that we are here to prepare ourselves for what will follow later.”

“Nonsense!” says the other. “There is no life after delivery! What would that life be?”

“Well, I can’t say exactly, but there will probably be more light there, than here. And we will probably walk with our legs, use our hands, eat with our mouths….”

The first baby says: “That is absurd! Walking is impossible. And eating with our mouths? How ridiculous you are! …The umbilical cord supplies nutrition. Life after delivery is to be excluded.”

The other baby responded: “I think there is something beyond this world of the womb, and maybe it is different than what is here.”

The first replies: “No one has ever come back from there! Delivery is the end of life, and in the after-delivery, there is nothing but darkness and anxiety and it takes us nowhere. Nowhere at all!”

“Well, whatever is to be, will be,” says the other, “but certainly we will see our mother and she will take care of us.”

“Mother???” …Do you believe in mother? Where is she now?”

The baby responds: “She is all around us. It is in her that we live. Without her, there would not be this world of ours.”

“I don’t see her, so it’s only logical that she doesn’t exist!”

To which the other replied, “Sometimes when you are silent, you can hear her, you can perceive her. I believe there is mother – loving and caring. And I believe there is a reality after delivery and we are here to prepare ourselves for that reality.

(Source: Islamicteachings.org)

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